Mater Mothers' perinatal, parenting and mental health support services for expectant and new parents

Mater Mothers' perinatal, parenting and mental health support services for expectant and new parents

The transition into parenthood can be a challenging time. 
 
One in five new mums and one in 10 new dads experience perinatal depression and anxiety, which is approximately 100,000 Australian parents each year.
 
The important thing to remember is that perinatal mental ill-health is treatable. Getting support early is important.
 
There is a range of perinatal, parenting and mental health support services available to expectant and new parents facing perinatal mental health challenges. 
 
Among the support services available to new parents is Catherine’s House for Mothers, Babies and Families and Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre
 
Catherine’s House for Mothers, Babies and Families opened in March and is Queensland’s first integrated perinatal mental health service. Parents can access the service in the first year of their baby's arrival. 
 
Services include:
 
  • A parent aide unit that delivers a home-visiting service to help improve infant-parent relationships
  • Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre, which offers early parenting support and guidance to mothers and babies up to six months after birth (see more information below)
  • Day programs including individual and group therapy treatments
  • Individual consultations with practitioners
  • A dedicated In-patient Unit where parents can stay with their babies while receiving support and treatment from our specialist team of mental health clinicians including psychiatrists, allied health, nurses, peer workers and other professionals.
Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre offers early parenting support and guidance to mothers and babies up to six months after birth. 
 
  • Families and women with babies born at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals across Queensland can access the service at no out-of-pocket expense.  
  • Self-referrals are welcome. 
  • The centre is staffed by a team of GPs, child health nurses, lactation consultants, and allied health clinicians.  
  • The team is available to provide help for issues including breastfeeding and feeding, sleep and settling, emotional wellbeing, infant interactions, and adjusting to your new role as a parent/caregiver.  

More information

For more information about Catherine’s House for Mothers, Babies and Families click here
For more information about Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre click here

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